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DHEC lifts Saluda River swimming advisory

Posted by Sammy Fretwell

The lower Saluda River is a state designated scenic waterway known for its trout fishing
The lower Saluda River is a state designated scenic waterway known for its trout fishing

COLUMBIA, SC The state Department of Health and Environmental Control has lifted a swimming advisory for the Saluda River at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, according to a news release from the agency.

"We have been performing daily sampling along the section of river that was impacted by improperly treated wastewater, along with the effluent being discharged from the facility, and found that bacteria levels have returned to consistently satisfactory levels," David Baize, chief of DHEC's Bureau of Water, said in the news release.

On June 21, DHEC detected bacteria levels higher than normal being discharged from the Carolina Water Service Friarsgate Plant into the Saluda River near Saluda Shoals.

Deficiencies were identified at the plant, and DHEC directed the company to immediately correct the problem. DHEC has been monitoring the company’s progress, according to the news release, and sampled water throughout the July 4 weekend to ensure were consistently effective, according to the news release.

DHEC is determining whether any violations occurred, according to the release.

Saluda Shoals Park, near Irmo, is one of the Columbia area’s most popular attractions along the Saluda River. The park brings in more than 600,000 visitors annually. The lower Saluda below the Lake Murray dam is a state designated scenic river.

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